2024-2025 College Catalog 
    May 30, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog

Registered Nursing, AS - LPN to RN

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About This Degree

The LPN-to-RN (ASN) degree consists of 28-31 credit hours in humanities, social and biological sciences along with 31 credit hours of nursing coursework for a total of 59-62 credits in addition, the LPN is awarded 4 hours of articulation credit to meet the 60 credit hour standard for Associate degrees. Admission requirements include an Unencumbered maintained and current AR LPN license,  successful completion with a “C” or better, and a GPA of 2.75 or higher in College Algebra, Anatomy and Physiology I,  Anatomy and Physiology II, Chemistry for Non-Majors, English Comp 1, and evidence of computer literacy (Computer Competency exam >75% or successful completion of Introduction to Computer/Information Systems). The remaining courses in arts and sciences must be completed at particular points during the program with a “C” or better to progress in the program. Please note that the sciences must have been taken within the past seven years.

Nursing information and policies

Completion of the AS degree allows the individual to apply for licensure and to write the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (RN). The Associate of Science Registered Nurse program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The Associate degree nursing program at National Park College located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate nursing program is continued accreditation. Public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program can be viewed at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.  ACEN may be reached at 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 404-975-5000.

It is important to note that completion of the degree program in nursing does not guarantee a graduate the right to take the national licensure exam. The State Board of Nursing makes the decision regarding eligibility to apply for licensure and testing. On the State Board of Nursing Application, each applicant is asked if they have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony. Nursing coursework consists of a classroom, campus laboratory, and clinical experiences. Clinical experiences begin early in the program of study and take place in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and healthcare agencies in Hot Springs and the surrounding areas. Clinical experiences may be morning, day, weekend, or evening hours. The clinical rotation is planned to provide varied experiences in the healthcare field.

NPC Honors Program: The NPC Honors Program is accepting applications. Learn more about the NPC Honors Program.

*The curriculum prepares you for licensure/certification in Arkansas.

General Education Core - 31 Credit Hours

Nursing Course Work - 31 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements:

  • Unencumbered LPN license
  • Meets general education requirements of College Algebra, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, Chemistry for Non-Majors, English Composition I, and computer literacy.
  • All Physical Science and Life Science courses must have been completed within seven (7) years of acceptance into the program.

62* Credit Hours Total Minimum

* If an LPN to RN student has less than 60 credits then they will be awarded up to 4 hours of articulation credit to meet the 60 hr. standard for Associate degrees.

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